CQI Quick Sheet: Surveys: What Not to Do

Surveys are an efficient way to obtain information. They provide a means to receive valuable insight, are easy to implement, and are not resource intensive. However, it is important to know when NOT to use them and what NOT to do when you decide to implement them.

Publication year: 2016
Capacity Building Center for Courts


The CQI Quick Sheet series is meant to assist Court Improvement Programs plan for evaluating an area of focus. It includes some specific questions to think before deciding if a survey is the best option for you.

Some of the topics of this paper are:

  • When to not use a survey
  • How not to develop a survey
  • How not to implement a survey

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for Courts (2016). CQI Quick Sheet: Surveys: What not to do. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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